Marleau Faces Unwarranted Criticism for Breaking Howe’s NHL Games Record
Game recaps, injury updates, latest fines, Stars re-sign McKenzie & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Phil Kessel’s shootout goal gave the Pittsburgh Penguins a 3-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers. Penguins captain Sidney Crosby and Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid also tallied in the shootout. McDavid also scored the game-tying goal in the third period as the Oilers overcame a 2-0 deficit.
Joel Edmundson’s goal with 20 seconds remaining in regulation lifted the St. Louis Blues to a 4-3 victory over the Anaheim Ducks. Vladimir Tarasenko and Paul Stastny each had a goal and an assist for the Blues. Rickard Rakell also had a goal and an assist for the Ducks.
Eric Staal collected two goals and an assist to lead the Minnesota Wild to a 7-4 spanking of the Florida Panthers. Charlie Coyle, Jason Zucker, Zach Parise, Jason Pominville and Mikael Granlund each had a goal and an assist.
Tomas Tatar scored twice and set up another as the Detroit Red Wings upset the Chicago Blackhawks 4-2. Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard made 24 saves in his first NHL game since suffering a knee injury on Dec. 20.
Boone Jenner’s third-period goal gave the Columbus Blue Jackets a 4-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres. Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky saw his shutout streak end at 182 minutes and 50 seconds.
The Hockey Hall of Fame yesterday unveiled a statue of “Mr. Hockey”, the late, great Gordie Howe.
WINNIPEG SUN: Jets defenseman Toby Enstrom is sidelined indefinitely by a concussion.
TAMPA BAY TIMES: Lightning centers Tyler Johnson, Vladislav Namestnikov and Cedric Paquette (lower-body injuries) are listed as day-to-day.
NBC SPORTS: Calgary Flames winger Johnny Gaudreau and Los Angeles Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin were each fined $2,000.00 for embellishment/diving.
THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS: The Dallas Stars re-signed forward Curtis McKenzie to a one-year, $700K contract extension.
CSNPHILLY.COM: Philadelphia Flyers winger Jakub Voracek ripped NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly regarding the league’s indecision over participation in the 2018 Winter Olympics. “It’s stupid and I find it absolutely ridiculous,” said Voracek, adding the players are keen to take part.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: From your lips to Bettman’s ears, Jakub, though I doubt his remarks will have any effect upon the league’s handling of this situation.
NHL unveils remainder of their 100 greatest players to start All-Star weekend. Reaction and more in your morning headlines.
NHL.COM: On Friday, the NHL unveiled the remaining 67 of its 100 greatest players at a gala event in Los Angeles to kick off the start of the All-Star weekend. They were all players who played predominantly from 1967 to the present. The list included such greats as Bobby Orr, Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux, as well as current active stars such as Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin and Jaromir Jagr.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: You can see the complete list of the top 100, as well as bios of the players, by following the above link.
For the players being honored, meeting and chatting backstage before the gala left them in awe of each other. Many of the younger players were honored to be mixing with their idols, who were in turn thrilled to meet them.
ESPN.COM: Gretzky, Orr and Lemieux agreed that the greatest player of all time was Gordie Howe, who passed away last June at age 88. Among active players, Gretzky and Lemieux consider Crosby the best in the league right now. “Until someone knocks him off the castle, that’s the way it’s going to be,” said Gretzky.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: “Mr. Hockey” may no longer be with us, but his legend still looms large over the NHL.
NBC SPORTS: Pierre Pilote, Dale Hawerchuk and MIchel Goulet were among some of the notable Hockey Hall of Famers who were not part of the 100 greatest, while active stars such as Joe Thornton, Evgeni Malkin and Zdeno Chara were also passed over.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s very difficult to come up with a list of the 100 greatest players of all time. For every slam dunk selection such as Howe, Orr and Gretzky, there will be several worthy candidates who fail to make the cut. Every fan will have a favorite star they believe merits inclusion over others.
OTTAWA SUN: Senators goaltender Craig Anderson could return to action early next week. Anderson had taken a leave of absence to be with his wife Nicholle, who’s completed treatment for throat cancer.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Good news for the Senators, and here’s hoping Nicholle Anderson make a complete recovery.
TVA SPORTS: Renaud Lavoie reports the Tampa Bay Lightning placed Gabriel Dumont and Michael Bournival on waivers.
Penguins honored at White House, Lightning to honor Martin St. Louis, injury updates & more in your NHL morning headlines.
Check out NHL.com for last night’s preseason scores.
TRIBLIVE.COM: President Barack Obama hosted the 2016 Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins at the White House yesterday. “We are here to celebrate an extraordinary achievement. Phil Kessel is a Stanley Cup champion,’ joked Obama, who also hosted the Penguins back in 2009 for their previous Cup championship.
TAMPA BAY TIMES: The Tampa Bay Lightning will honor former captain Martin St. Louis by retiring his No. 26 at a ceremony on Jan. 13. St. Louis spent 13 of his 17 seasons with the Lightning, helping them win the Stanley Cup in 2004. During his tenure with the Bolts, he also won two scoring titles and the Hart Memorial Trophy (2004). He’s the franchise’s “all-time leading scorer with 953 points and he ranks second in Lightning history in games (972) and goals (365).”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: There’s talk some Lightning fans are still upset over St. Louis demanding a trade to the New York Rangers following the 2014 Winter Olympics. While I can understand that bitterness, it’s best to remember what he did for the franchise during his long tenure with them. St. Louis played an important role in turning the Lightning from a laughingstock into a champion, helping them remain a competitive team. Without him, the Lightning’s history over the past fifteen years might be completely different, and perhaps not for the better.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: Sabres forwards Ryan O’Reilly (back and midsection spasms) and Kyle Okposo (bruised knee), and defensemen Zach Bogosian (groin) and Dmitry Kulikov (butt bruise) are currently sidelined by injuries.
ESPN.COM: The Los Angeles Kings placed winger Marian Gaborik (broken foot) on injured reserve.
MIAMI HERALD: Florida Panthers center Nick Bjugstad will miss the next four weeks with a broken bone in one of his hands.
CSNNE.COM: Boston Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller is listed as day-to-day with a bruised knee.
COURIER POST: Philadelphia Flyers forward Scott Laughton is out three-four weeks with a lower-body injury. Defenseman Brandon Manning (upper body) is listed as week-to-week.
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Blue Jackets goalie Joonas Korpisalo will miss the next four weeks with a groin injury.
STARTRIBUNE.COM’s Michael Russo reports the Dallas Stars signed forward Justin Fontaine to a professional tryout offer.
THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: The Anaheim Ducks placed defenseman Clayton Stoner on waivers, demoted blueliners Shea Theodore and Brandon Montour and ended the PTO contract of forward Sean Bergenheim.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Stoner is earning $3.25 million this season and next. It’s unlikely a rival club will pick up that salary via waivers.
NEW YORK POST: A New York judge has spared former minor league player Jordan Hart, who was accused of providing painkillers to the late Derek Boogaard. She found no basis that he supplied the drugs that killed Boogaard. Hart instead received a one-year probation. Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald said Hart and Boogaard “were victims of organized sports, which did not consider the consequences of supplying large quantities of addictive pain medication to their players.”
MLIVE.COM: NHL Hall of Fame defenseman and Detroit Red Wings director of pro scouting is one of the winners of the 2016 Lester Patrick Trophy.